If you've got kids, you've likely heard the adage that the brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. That's a simplified version of the truth—in reality, brains are constantly growing and developing. Healthy brain development is crucial to both cognitive and physical development. The following 10 tips are a good place to start.
1. Encourage your child to read
If you read to your kid, he'll probably develop the habit of reading for fun as well.
In the United States, less than half of children begin reading on their own before age 5. Even by the end of the third grade, less than half of children are at grade level in reading. Children who begin reading at an early age and are able to enjoy books regularly are better able to develop a love for reading.
2. Sign him up for sports
Aerobic exercise improves brain development in children ages 2 to 19. Participation in team sports that involve physical activity, like soccer or lacrosse, or team games that involve strategy, like chess, will teach children that they can take action and solve problems in their everyday lives.
3. Raise a vegetarian
Research shows that children who are vegetarian have higher IQs and verbal abilities than those who are meat-eaters. A single-grain, low-fat vegetarian diet is also a healthier way for kids to eat, as research shows that plant-based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity.
4. Give him ample exercise
Exercise may help kids maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of obesity and heart disease. It also helps them get healthier hormones flowing in their bodies. Some children may be reluctant to exercise, but studies have shown that a little exercise can be helpful in building self-confidence and muscle strength.
5. Set a routine
Schedule time for your child to do something every day that you know he loves, like story time, music class, or other activities he finds enjoyable. Make sure the activity is age appropriate and includes things he likes to do, like making new friends, and give him the option of staying or going if he feels he can't stay focused.
6. Give him time to play
Play time has the potential to teach kids how to control their impulses and think critically. The foundation for an adult brain to work well is laid by playing with blocks, string, and balls as a child. Play that involves movement, language, thinking, and problem-solving develops brain function in the area of the brain that controls physical activities. This is vital for a child to have a healthy and happy life.
7. Model healthy behavior
Another way to ensure that your child is a healthy, well-adjusted person is to model healthy behavior for him. Modeling good behaviors is a lot easier when your child is in a supportive environment.
You may want to talk to him about the benefits of healthy eating, exercise, or taking care of himself, and help him develop the healthy habits you would like him to adopt. By supporting healthy behaviors, you are also modeling those healthy behaviors. Make sure that the behavior you want him to practice will not harm him, so set rules for screen time, and talk to him about keeping a regular sleep schedule.
8. Help him develop interests
As the child grows and learns to express his interests, your role becomes much clearer. You can develop a relationship with your child based on common interests and allow him to explore those interests with you. For example, if your child loves dinosaurs and wrestling, you might take him to a wrestling event.
9. Open the doors to learning new skills
From singing songs to playing guitar, engaging in activities that teach a child about the world and their own bodies is an important part of development. As your child progresses, he may find some ways to learn new skills without you. Have him listen to audiobooks as he is falling asleep, give him fun facts to read at the dinner table, or allow him to practice math problems.
10. The next generation
Children that are not properly nurtured early on may have a hard time throughout their entire life. All parents should be committed to their child’s well-being, but especially so if they are expecting a baby. Although there are a lot of ways to ensure that your child is receiving proper care and attention, our next article will highlight ways that you can be sure that you are taking care of your child.
The last step to a child’s healthy brain development is to, understand how your child’s brain functions, can have a significant impact on a child’s overall well-being. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to a child, brain development.